The November 7 Run-Off Elections Walhalla, Liberians foreseeing Danger

Since the holding of a major press conference between three political parties, the ruling Unity Party (UP), Liberty Party (LP), and the All Liberian Party (ALP) on last Sunday, the 29th of October, 2017 at the headquarters of the Unity Party where a strong worded statement was read accusing the National Elections Commission (NEC) and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of tempering with the electoral process, dozens of Liberians who spoke to the GNN today in sampling interviews are notably expressing fears of the current political situation.

In a prepared statement which was read by the National Chairman of the ruling Unity Party, Wilmont Page in the presence of several partisans from the LP and ALP including their respective leadership (Chairpersons) revealed that the just ended October 10, 2017 election was marred with frauds, a situation which has compelled the Liberty Party to filed a lawsuit against the NEC.

At the same time, Chairman Page at the Sunday press conference also accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for her ‘fraudulence’ role played just ended electoral process, stressing, “President Sirleaf has abandoned the ruling party and is now support the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), we are concern about what is been considered as a ploy to create instability in Liberia. If the president was interested peacefully in the process, she should have consulted political parties instead of inviting election magistrates and Chairman Korkoya,” Mr. Page in the statement noted.

He called on the United States Government, the international community to be aware of this situation in the country, stressing, “Let Liberians and not President decide who their president should be. NEC is not trustworthy to conduct any free and fair elections in the face of massive fraud. We support the stance by the Liberty Party in its legal battle against the National Elections Commission; we will pursuit this to a logical conclusion,” the three political parties statement concluded.

Liberians who spoke to the GNN are expressing fear of these political developments that are been unearthed in recent time, noting that these utterances from players in the Liberian political arena of the country in recent time is not healthy for Liberians, especially for investors who may want to come to Liberia for possible investment.

“We are afraid of the news we are hearing that the president is tempering with the elections, and also wondering what the outcome will be. NEC confirmation of election fraud in the October 10, 2017 elections is also worrisome,” Aaron Jacobs, a student of the University of Liberia speaking to a reporter of the GNN said.

Aaron is amongst dozens of others who are expressing apprehension about the outcome of the pending November 7 run-off election a week from now, while some market women who spoke to our staff are also expressing concern of the successful conduct of the run-off.

“For me, I foresee trouble if this run-off scheduled for November 7, 2017 is not held; already there are rumors that that case filed at the Supreme Court of Liberia by the Liberty Party on NEC’s alleged fraud, and other election violations may hamper the schedule date for the run-off, I am worrying of these developments,” Jamsetta Somah of Monrovia speaking to the GNN today noted.

“I doubt it for the run-off election between the CDC and UP to be proponent. I am saying that to say it will be difficult for the National Electoral body to raise another funding for any elections apart from the current one. The Liberian Government and its international partners will be unable to shoulder any financial obligation for another election. Liberians should see reasons to put behind them anything that will derail the process,” Joshua Harman a resident of Monrovia told our reporter.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.